Diversity & Inclusion Network event: Inclusion and belonging in Economics


The RES Diversity and Inclusion Network will hold its fourth event on Wednesday 24 April which will be at the University of Westminster. The event will focus on how to create a culture of inclusion and belonging in economics.

Pre-registration is essential; please register your attendance here.


Event details

Date: 24 April 2024

Time: 12:00 – 16:15  (optional networking lunch 12:00 – 12:45 and networking refreshments 16:15 – 17:00)

Venue: University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus (Hogg Lecture Theatre),

35 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LS



12:00 – 12:45        Arrival, registration and optional networking lunch


12:45 – 13:00        Welcome and opening remarks

      • Professor Peter Bonfield (he/him), Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Westminster
      • Professor Mary Morgan (she/her), Albert O. Hirschman Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics, LSE and RES President


13:00 – 14:00        Panel discussion: “Creating a sense of inclusion and belonging in economics”

      • Dr. Ipshita Basu (she/her) – Reader in International Development, University of Westminster
      • Urvashi Parashar (she/her) – Director of Analysis & Chief Economist, Department for Culture, Media and Sport
      • Professor Imran Rasul (he/him) – UCL, Co-director Stone Centre on Wealth Concentration, Inequality and the Economy
      • Professor Anna Vignoles (she/her)Director of the Leverhulme Trust and Fellow of British Academy
        • Chair: Stefania Paredes Fuentes (she/her) – Principal Teaching Fellow in Economics, and EDI Co-Lead for Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton, and RES Diversity Champion.


14:00 – 14:10        Introduction of breakout sessions


14:10 – 14:55        Breakout sessions (1)


Session A:  The role of Research Funding on Increasing Diversity in Economics

                     In conversation with:

    • Professor Franz Buscha (he/him), Westminster Business School
    • Professor Anna Vignoles (she/her), Director Leverhulme Trust
      • Chair: Professor Jo Blanden (she/her), University of Surrey


Session B:  Creating a culture of belonging in the workplace 

    • Baljit Kaur (she/her), Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, Innate Consultancy
      • Chair: Tom Aldred (he / him), Deputy Director, GESR team, HM Treasury and RES Diversity and Inclusion Network Steering Committee


14:55 – 15:15        COFFEE BREAK


15:15 – 16:00       Breakout sessions (2)


Session CNeurodiversity and mental health in the workplace

                    In conversation with:

    • Ellie Monaghan (she/her), Manager, Frontier Economics
      • Chair: Dr Stefania Sitzia (she/her), Lecturer in Economics, University of East Anglia


Session D:  Supporting Economics students with Disabilities

                    In conversation with:

    • Dr Jagjeet Jutley-Neilson (she/her), Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Warwick, and Co-creator of “Inclusive Policy and Practice for Disabled Students” and Lead of “Neurodiversity and the Student Experience” Network at the University of Warwick
    • Professor Nicola Martin (she/her), Head of Research, Higher Degrees and Student Experience, London Southbank University
      • Chair: Dr Dario Sansone (he/him), University of Exeter, RES Diversity and Inclusion Network Steering Committee and LGBTQ+ European Network


16:00 – 16:15       Final remarks prior to drinks reception

      • Stefania Paredes Fuentes (she/her) – Principal Teaching Fellow in Economics, and EDI Co-Lead for Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Southampton, and RES Diversity Champion


16:15 – 17:00       Networking drinks reception


The RES Diversity & Inclusion Network

The RES Diversity & Inclusion Network aims to connect individuals and groups working to make Economics more diverse and create a better community. We welcome economists from academia, public and private sectors working on increasing diversity, and creating more inclusive environments for under-represented groups in economics to join us (also join our mailing list to keep up to date with our news and events).


If you cannot attend but believe someone else from your institution may be interested, please encourage them to register.

If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Parkinson (Programmes Officer, Diversity) at programmesofficer@res.org.uk